- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gary Stockton is in charge of moving the world’s largest collection of Abraham Lincoln documents to its new home.

Moving the documents, which include a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, is a project that has required years of planning, a platoon of movers, three weeks and $109,000.

It is the last major step before opening the state-of-the-art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library late this month. The old library is a dungeonlike maze of rooms beneath the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield.

Kim Bauer, curator of the library’s Lincoln collection, said the Gettysburg Address has not been moved to the new building. He said it probably will be transferred without notice or fanfare, protected in a special container, to the new library’s vault on some quiet day.

The collection also includes a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, letters between Lincoln and his wife, political correspondence, rare photos and a signed copy of the 13th Amendment.


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